How to Buy Fine Art Photography Online

Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands Panoramic

A Guide to Buying Fine Art Photography Online

I often get asked if I have my work hanging in a gallery for sale.  A physical building that you can walk into and touch… well, no. But in a sense, I have my work on display in the largest art gallery in the world – The Internet. By only having an online presence, I’m able to display all of my photography for sale, without limits. Also, since I offer prints on demand, and don’t have to pay rent for a physical space, I can afford to offer my work at a reasonable price. So for those that aren’t accustomed to buying art online, here’s a quick guide to make you more comfortable.

Visit Reputable Art Sales Websites

Decorating your home or office is a very personal venture, everyone has different tastes and styles. The first step in the art buying process is to find a site that has a wide variety of art prints for sale that also has a well established satisfied customer base. At the time of this writing, has over 6000 images to choose from. Fine Art America is another site with a huge variety of art, with thousands of satisfied customers. Both of these sites use professional printing and framing companies, and the highest quality archival papers and canvases. This means you’ll get consistent, long lasting color or black and white prints every time. Framed prints are mounted and assembled using custom cut high grade materials, right here in the USA. If you’re shopping on other artists websites, ask about their printing process and materials. Of course, you can probably find “cheap prints” out there, but you get what you pay for, and rest assured those prints will be poster quality reproductions that won’t stand the test of time.

Choose the Right Image

Art buyers are typically drawn to many different aspects of an image, depending on personal tastes, styles, or perhaps even artistic training. Likewise, most photographers have developed their own styles and techniques to incorporate colors, textures, and tones into scenes to convey some emotional response or mood. So how do the two match up? First, take a look at the space on your wall that needs art. Consider the style of the room, the wall color, and other decor. Wider spaces may need a horizontal or panoramic print, while a vertical piece would work better for narrow walls.  The rest is a matter of personal preference – color or black and white; scenic landscape or urban scene; perhaps an abstract? If you’re really not sure, ask the artist! I’ve helped clients choose the perfect print for their space, and even mocked up options using photos of a room or office space.

Living room with fine art print

Living Room Print Mockup


Caring for Your Photographic Art Prints

Buying fine art prints is an investment that adds beauty to your home, office, or work place. As such, proper care must be taken to ensure your prints last a long time. Paper prints should be properly mounted and framed (we can do that for you). Matting a paper print adds to visual appeal and further protects it by spacing it from the glass or acrylic glazing.  If you’re looking for prints for your bathroom or other humid place, consider metal prints which are durable and water resistant. All prints should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Fine art prints continue to increase in popularity and make for beautiful works of art in your home, and now online galleries make it possible to acquire the perfect image. Still not sure? Contact me and we can chat about hanging the right art piece on your wall. Or, if you’re ready to start shopping, please check out my Best Sellers, or visit my Fine Art Portfolio site.

Limited Time Canvas Promotion

Abstract Birds in Flight Panoramic

The winter thaw is finally beginning, and that puts me in a good mood!  So from today (3/10/2014) until 5pm on 3/15/2014, I’m offering the following abstract images at a special promotional price.  My professional print company gets standard size canvases at a discount, so I can pass that on to my customers.  These amazing images are from NASA’s Hubble Telescope, and make for great abstract artwork for your walls.  Check my gallery for more incredible outer space images.

Butterfly Nebula NGC6302 Canvas Print

Butterfly Nebula NGC6302 Canvas Print – 24×20 – $89

Carina Nebula Canvas Print

Carina Nebula Canvas Print – 36×24 – $124

Tarantula Nebula Canvas Print

Tarantula Nebula Canvas Print – 24×20 – $89

Canvas Print Sale

Cloud Gate aka The Bean

It’s Friday, it’s mid-April, and I just feel like it.  So here’s a great promotion running for the next several days (while supplies last).  I get a special discount on standard size canvas prints, so I would like to pass that special print on to my fans and customers.  Here are the current limited time promotions – 11×14 canvas prints (ready to hang) for only $60 (normally $99).  Only 20 of each available, so hurry!

Zebra Love

Zebra Love

Chicago's Willis Tower

Chicago’s Willis Tower

Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ghosts in The Bean












Promotion Expired 4/17/2013…  Thank you buyers!

Metal Prints & Frames Update

Good news! Fine Art Metal Prints are now available for order direct from this site!  This amazing product is created by infusing dyes into a polymer coating that is heat transferred onto a 1/16th inch thick aluminum sheet.  This process makes the print durable, scratch resistant, and water proof, with an archival value of well over 100 years.  In addition to the long lasting print, this process and material really makes images pop.  The colors are extraordinarily vibrant and the depth of the coating gives photos a luminous quality that no paper print can achieve.

Panoramic Metal Print

Panoramic Metal Print

Metal Print Detail

Metal Print Detail

One Hanger Option

Hanger Option for Small Metal Prints













Check out some of my Best Selling Photos if you’d like a metal print of your own!  Or go direct to my Chicago Skyline Panoramic which is hanging in homes around the world.

In other news, I’ve also added seven new frame options for custom framed fine art prints.  These include economy metal frames in Black, Gunmetal, Frosted Silver, and White, as well as wood frames in Black, Black Walnut, Canadian Walnut, American Maple, and White.  I will also soon add premium handcrafted environmentally friendly bamboo frames as an option.

Custom Print Ordering

Red Tulip Macro

It’s finally here!  Today I’m announcing the official re-opening of my specialty print shop.  All of my images are now available for immediate customization and print ordering, direct from this site.  The new order system allows you to choose various print configurations including standard prints, framed prints, and canvas prints.  Further, you can choose custom mats and frames, for a completely finished, ready-to-hang art piece.  I’m still working on adding a larger variety of frame and mat options, and plan on offering acrylic and metal prints in the near future.  Check out some of the examples below, or find your own favorites!


1945 Vought F4U-4 Corsair - Fine Art Print

1945 Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Framed Art Print

Chicago Skyline Panoramic - Fine Art Print

Chicago Skyline Panoramic
Fine Art Print

Double Arch Illuminated by Moonlight - Canvas Print

Double Arch by Moonlight
Canvas Print

EDIT: Payment via Amazon has now also been enabled!

Changes to Print Service

Riviera Maya Sunrise - Long Exposure Panoramic

Well, it looks like I’m officially dumping Fotomoto as my print provider for images hosted on this site.  They are just not living up to the standards that I expect, and just doubled their costs, which I can’t in good conscience pass on to my customers.  This change is good for everyone (except me since I have to now reprogram my site!), as I plan on using my fine art print provider, Fine Art America to offer prints for the rest of the images on this site.  It will take me a little while to write the back-end code, in the mean time if there is an image that you would like to purchase a print of, please contact me.  I will get the image uploaded to my portfolio site, and email you a direct link for purchase.  What’s even better?  The print prices will now be lower, and products include prints on paper, canvas, acrylic, and metal, with a variety of framing options.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Speaking of fine art prints – my Fall 2012 promotion is on! Head over to my portfolio site and use coupon code JUGAEK for 30% off until the end of November!

March Madness Continues

A big thank you goes out to my lucky art buyers last week!

This week I’m mixing things up a bit.  Instead of offering a limited set of featured fine art prints, this week’s promotion is a 20.12% discount on all artwork from  Just use coupon code NKXHPJ at checkout to receive your discount off the image cost.

See something on that you would prefer? Contact me, and I’ll set up a similar coupon code for you personally!

More Site Updates

It’s spring time… the perfect time to launch some major site changes!  This week I Blogified my news, installing WordPress on the back end, and migrating all of my news over to this format for better reading, managing, and archiving.  I also plan on using it for more of a blogging platform, so I can post articles, tutorials, and other useful information that’s not site specific.

I also completely overhauled my printing back-end.  I’m still using Fotomoto to handle my shopping cart, printing, and shipping for photos on this site, but am now using their handy API’s for managing images.  This is transparent to all of you, but allows for much more control for me.  I also have greeting card and postcard options available right from the image page, rather than having to dig through options. Try it out here:

Blue Angels in Tight Formation

Buy Print or Canvas | Buy Card


Lastly, I’ve uploaded a handful of new images to my FineArtAmerica managed site, some examples below:

Lotus Flower and Lily Pad

Campfire and Moonlight

NEMO Science Center

Palm leaf macro abstract

March Madness – Week 3 – Got Art?

Holy cow! Week 3 of my own version of March Madness is here! The month is flying by, luckily there are (almost) 5 weeks in March, so I’ll have 5 straight weeks of promotions. This week’s featured limited time promotion expires at 5pm on Saturday, March 17th. Each of these beautiful museum quality 11×14 canvases is available for only $65.

March Madness – Week 2

Week one has come and gone, today I’m posting three more featured canvas prints to adorn your bare walls! This featured promotion expires at 5pm on Friday, March 9th, and there are only 15 prints available, so hurry! Each of these museum quality 11×14 canvases is available for only $65.